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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of April 4, 2011

Mississippi Economic Development News Week of April 4, 2011

MEDC thanks all who helped make the MDA 75th Anniversary reception such a wonderful event!  Photos are now on the MEDC website, along with a link to the video that was shown at the reception.  While you are on the website, scroll down to see all the organizations and companies who showed their appreciation to MDA by sponsoring this great event!
www.medc.ms

A computer firm (ACS) recently acquired by Xerox Corp. plans to expand its Ridgeland operation by adding 50 jobs and up to 200 jobs over the next two years.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110322/BIZ/110322010/-1/Nletter03/Computer-firm-to-expand-Ridgeland-operation?source=nletter-news

Officials from D.M.I. Pipe Fabrication, a full-service industrial contractor and pipe fabricator, have announced the company is locating operations in Woodville, Miss., in Wilkinson County.  The project represents a $100,000 investment by D.M.I. and will create 20 new jobs.
http://tradeandindustrydev.com/region/mississippi/news/ms-dmi-pipe-fabrication-locating-operations-woodvi-4960

Severstaal accelerating Columbus plant expansion
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/04/severstal-accelerating-columbus-plant-expansion/

The Wide Bandgap (WBG) Materials division of II-VI Inc’s compound semiconductor business — which is based in Pine Brook, NJ, USA — says that it is expanding its operations, in two phases, at Mississippi State University’s (MSU’s) Research Park in Starkville, MS.
http://www.semiconductor-today.com/news_items/2011/MAR/IIVI_220311.html

UMMC can help pull state from historic economic woes
http://msbusiness.com/editorsnotebook/2011/03/25/ummc-can-help-pull-state-from-historic-economic-woes/

Military impact ‘phenomenal’ – Camp Shelby adds to local economy
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110402/NEWS01/104020321/Military-impact-phenomenal-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Sustainable Communities Mini Grants: Deadline is April 8.  The Mississippi Development Authority’s Energy Division is offering mini-grants for energy and transportation related projects. The program is being administered by the Mississippi Main Street Association.
http://www.mmlonline.com/news.aspx

The Mississippi Senate approved a $422.9 million bond bill to help fund economic development projects and infrastructure upgrades for state agencies and colleges and universities.
http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2011/03/29/news/doc4d91202c450ba609147869.txt

State’s March revenue collections exceed estimate
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/04/states-march-revenue-collections-exceed-estimate/

HORNE makes national top 100 ranking
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/03/horne-makes-national-top-100-ranking/

Tea Leaf by Jeff Threadgold. Semi-annual update of “Happy Talk.”
http://www.thredgold.com/tea-leaf/

MEDC Calendar:
July 13 – 15 – MEDC Summer Conference “FULL SPEED AHEAD,” Biloxi

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

Carol Hardwick, CAE, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms . 601.352.1909 . fax: 601.352.2061
carol@medc.ms

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 25, 2010

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 25, 2010

Officials from Madison House LLC, a start-up upholstered furniture company, announced today that the company is locating manufacturing operations in Amory, Miss. The project will create a total of 85 jobs by the end of the company’s second full year of operation. Twenty of those jobs are already in place.
http://www.tradeandindustrydev.com/region/mississippi/news/ms-madison-house-locating-furniture-manufacturing-operations-amory-creating-

With the infusion of $30 million from a California-based clean technology company, Starkville’s SemiSouth Laboratories plans to expand and bring more than 70 new jobs to the Golden Triangle.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=8466

Signal International in Jackson County wants to hire at least 200 people over the next six months to join its team.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101024/BIZ/101024007/-1/nletter01/Miss.-company-plans-to-hire-200?source=nletter-news

With significant commercial real estate progress in 2010, DeSoto County’s stamina has no end in sight, industry professionals say.
http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=53594

One of the drivers of those efforts has been Jim Flanagan, president and CEO of the council, who has played a major role in making the county a good place for business.
http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=53597

“We are a family, a dysfunctional family, but a family,” said Janet Miller, chief economic development and marketing officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce….Several members of the group openly marveled at what that simple belief could mean for the city of Jackson and its neighboring communities.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101024/BIZ/10240339/-1/nletter01/The-nudge-from-Nashville?source=nletter-news

The state port and Mississippi Development Authority are willing to loan up to $150 million for qualified housing and economic-development projects that benefit low- to moderate-income residents.
 http://www.sunherald.com/2010/10/21/2575036/150m-for-port-may-be-available.html#ixzz13NM6t4de

The state College Board has approved the lease of Mississippi State University’s Cooley Building to developers of the $64 million Cotton Mill Marketplace.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/msu-building-to-be-leased-for-cotton-mill-marketplace/

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann confirms that an eminent domain initiative will appear on the November 2011 ballot… Supporters say the plan would protect property rights, but opponents say it could squelch Mississippi’s chances of winning big projects.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/eminent-domain-ban-will-be-on-ballot/

National Clean Fuels (PinkSheets: NACF) and the Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy (The Center) announced today that planning has begun on their Port Gibson Biomass-to-Electricity (BTE) Project in Mississippi.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/nacf-port-gibson-biomass-plans-taking-shape/

Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact forming. … the organization will model itself after the CREATE Foundation, the oldest and largest community foundation in Mississippi.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/ms-delta-strategic-compact-group-forming/

Martin Willoughby is a weekly columnist for the Mississippi Business Journal where he writes articles highlighting successful businesses and business leaders around the state.   Please contact him if you have anyone in your area that would be a good lead for a story. martin@wlglegal.com.

The Eleventh Annual Conference on High Technology to be held December 7-8 will feature a keynote address from Bill Rancic, noted entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and winner of the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” as well as informative sessions and valuable networking opportunities, along with the Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala that night.
https://www.technologyalliance.ms/registration

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 to MEDC members for professional development courses offered in 2011. 
www.medc.ms

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

MEDC calendar:
Member-to-Member Seminar . December 14 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Winter Conference . February 2 – 4 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Summer Conference . July 13 – 15 . Biloxi

Carol Hardwick, CAE, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of August 16, 2010

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of August 16, 2010

Sitel, the Nashville, Tenn.-based business process outsourcing (BPO) provider, has unveiled a major expansion of its Starkville call center.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/sitel-expanding-starkville-call-center/

A company that makes reclining furniture broke ground Monday for a plant expansion in northeast Mississippi.
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9HGL3IO0.htm

South Mississippi Electric Power Association’s (SMEPA’s) plant in Purvis has begun a $62-million environmental upgrade project.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/smepa-launches-62m-plant-upgrade/

Developers of Jackson’s Old Capitol Green project say a pair of recent governmental actions should enable construction to begin on the $1 billion development by the end of the year.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100817/BIZ/8170331/Work-on-1B-project-in-sight

Networking at the Farnborough International Airshow resulted in commitments from top aerospace executives to visit South Mississippi’s aerospace region, said George Freeland, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation.
 http://www.sunherald.com/2010/08/14/2405559/at-julys-farnborough-international.html#ixzz0wsCoDNYP

Mr James Hrusovsky CEO of Severstal Columbus said that “The location of Mississippi Steel Processing and New Process Steel on Severstal’s campus further strengthens the position of Severstal Columbus as the premier steel maker in the southern United States. These projects also demonstrate the strong commitment to job creation in manufacturing and the determined spirit of the government and people of Mississippi.”
http://www.steelguru.com/international_news/Severstal_Columbus_welcomes_campus_partners_to_its_Lowndes_County_facility/159564.html

“This is an incredible plan,” Earl F. Gohl, federal co-chair for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Tuesday said of the Golden Triangle Industrial Park. “This is what we look for every place we go and we don’t always find it. The key to it is everybody having a piece of it.”
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=7318

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood identified 18 marine corridors, eight projects, and six initiatives for further development as part of “America’s Marine Highway Program.” 
http://www.marad.dot.gov/ships_shipping_landing_page/mhi_home/mhi_home.htm

Mississippi lawmakers hold hearings on redistricting.  All legislative seats are up for election in 2011. Candidates’ qualifying deadline is next June, with the general election in November.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100816/NEWS/100816029/-1/Nletter03/Miss.-lawmakers-hold-redistricting-hearings?source=nletter-news

Hernando leaders gave citizens the credit Saturday as they celebrated the city winning Mississippi’s first “Healthiest Hometown” award.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/aug/15/in-step-with-fitness/

Earth Consulting Group Inc. (EarthCon) has made Engineering News Record’s (ENR’s) top 200 list of environmental firms for the second consecutive year.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/earthcon-again-makes-national-top-200-list/

Millsaps College makes national ranking.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/millsaps-college-makes-national-ranking/

Free webinar “Jump Start Revenue Growth Through International Trade” to be presented on August 31 by the Mississippi Technology Alliance, US EDA, MDA Global Trade Division and Mississippi World Trade Center.
http://www.mississippi.org/index.php?id=589

MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar to be held September 14 –
Rick Duke, CEcD, EDFP, Director of USM’s new Trent Lott National Center for the Excellence in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship will speak on “How the Trent Lot Center Fits Into the Third Wave of Economic Development” at the MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar on Tuesday, September 14 in Jackson.  Registration information is at www.medc.ms.

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

Carol Hardwick, CAE, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms 
MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar . September 14 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Winter Conference . February 2 – 4 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Summer Conference . July 13 – 15 . Biloxi

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 1, 2010

March 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 1, 2010

Register now for the MEDC Chamber Workshop – “ALL SHOOK UP ON TUPELO – How to Shake Up Your Chamber to Better Serve Your Members” – Tuesday, March 23, 8:30 – 3:30.  This workshop is open to MEDC members and all other chamber staff and volunteers.   www.medc.ms  Please forward this information to any chambers in your area.

Folks in and around Walthall County will rest a little easier knowing over 100 new jobs are on the way within the next year and more are to follow.  “…Pam Keaton is to be congratulated for her work in this. It’s through her efforts that Brigade is locating here.”
http://www.msdigitaldaily.com/3/State%20Local/CAT1/Walthall%20County%20Lands%20100%20New%20Jobs/793/default.aspx

Another 53,000 square feet will be added to Martinrea Automotive Structure’s plant in the Tupelo-Lee Industrial Park South.  And with it will come another 50 much-needed jobs.
http://nems360.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Martinrea+expansion+means+50+jobs%20&id=6377073&instance=secondary_stories_left_column

A contract to test engines for unmanned cargo rockets to the International Space Station may propel Stennis Space Center in a new direction for space exploration.
http://www.sunherald.com/2010/02/24/1979590/stennis-will-test-cargo-rocket.html

For businesses that need an injection of capital, (Chad) Newell said the ADP offers the Semcic loan program through local banks. Annie McMillan supervises the program.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100228/OUTLOOK/302280016

After 10 years in Jackson, (Natalia) Diaz returned to South Mississippi in 2003. For the past seven years, she has served as senior project manager with the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-living/2010/02/life_of_russian_native_takes_many_interesting_turns.html

CoreNet Global today announced the appointment of (MEDC member) Angela Cain as Chief Executive Officer of CoreNet Global, the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) executives, service providers and economic developers.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/corenet-global-names-angela-cain-as-chief-executive-officer-85383652.html

“A (healthier) company is one that engages in international trade,” said John Henry Jackson, international trade specialist for the Mississippi Development Authority. “Mississippi has a really diverse array of products and companies that export.”
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100224/BIZ/2240355/1005/biz/Mississippi-ag-products-sold-worldwide

Spreading growth outside of downtown Jackson is an initiative for the new head of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority.  Jason Brookins began working Feb. 1 under a one-year contract as interim executive director.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100228/BIZ/2280331/-1/nletter01/Agency-reaching-beyond-downtown?source=nletter-news

“I’m seeing restaurants do well downtown and on Highway 98 and on the Hardy Street/98 corridor from downtown to six or seven miles west of Interstate 59,” said Chad Newell, executive director of the Area Development Partnership. “New restaurants are opening in front of big box retailers like Target. Success breeds success.”
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100228/OUTLOOK/302280018

Retailers from around Mississippi and several other states will convene in Jackson from June 3-4, 2010, for Mississippi Market, the state’s premier wholesale show. The two-day event, which attracts credentialed buyers from around the country, will be held at the Mississippi Trade Mart building in Jackson.
http://www.mississippimarket.org/ 

Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, will be the keynote speaker for the Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) 3rd Annual Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi, April 11-13.
http://www.mississippi.org/index.php?id=778

“It’s the population you’re stuck with for 10 years,” (Mayor Parker) Wiseman said. “It not only determines how much federal and state grant money you might be eligible for, but it’s also a number people identify your city with.”
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=5026

A dedication ceremony for the newly completed Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship is set for March 5 at 5:30 p.m.  The public is invited to the event. The building’s namesake, the Hon. Trent Lott, will be the honored guest …
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100228/NEWS01/100226016/USM+to+dedicate+Trent+Lott+National+Center+on+March+5

The Bollinger Foundation is seeking nominations for 2010.  This unique foundation was created to provide financial assistance for the education and support of children who have lost one or both parents.  Priority is given to families in which either the deceased parent worked, or the surviving parent continues to work, in the field of public or affordable housing, or community and economic development
http://www.bollingerfoundation.org/Grants.html

MEDC 2010 Winter Conference photos are now online.  Thanks to Marketing Alliance for providing the majority of the photographs.
http://www.medc.ms/Conferences.html

Join the MEDC group for members only on LinkedIn.
http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=2323556

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms 
MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop . March 23 . Tupelo
MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar . April 13 . Jackson
MEDC 2010 Summer Conference . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 1, 2010

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The MEDC Legislative Breakfast is Wednesday morning, February 3, at 7:30 at Galloway United Methodist Church at 305 North Congress.  It is open to all MEDC members.  A shuttle will leave the Hilton at 7:00 a.m. and return after the breakfast. Be sure to contact your legislators and invite them to meet you there.  Marshall Ramsey will present “Mississippi – Captured in Cartoons.”

Don’t forget that the Mississippi Development Authority budget hearing in the House Appropriation Subcommittee will be Tuesday, February 2, at 1:30 in Room 201A of the State Capitol.  Their funding affects all MEDC members.  Let’s all show our support for MDA by attending.

The 2010 MEDC Winter Conference “REINVENTING, RENEWING, REFOCUSING DURING CHALLENGING TIMES” starts this Wednesday at 1:00 at the Hilton.

Shuqualak Lumber, one of the largest producers of yellow pine in the Southeast, is expanding its operations by adding a new wood shaving mill.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/01/shuqualak-lumber-adding-mill/

Community Development Foundation CEO David Rumbarger said he sensed economic recovery on the minds of both manufacturers and buyers.
http://nems360.com/pages/full_story/push?article-EDITORIAL-+Shades+of+recovery%20&id=5659144&instance=lead_story_left_column

Gov. Haley Barbour strongly supports workforce training and now our legislators have expressed their support by providing funds.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100127/OPINION/1270302

If you are going out soliciting and trying to get a prospect to come to Harrison County, Mississippi, or wherever, allowing that to get into the public could hinder your efforts to lure that industry into the area.
http://www.gulflive.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/national-101/1264709783144870.xml&storylist=miss_news

As the Jackson area looks to stage a significant economic recovery in 2010, its well-established medical sector could mark a way forward, speakers said Wednesday during the Greater Jackson Chamber partnership’s annual meeting.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100128/BIZ/1280336/-1/NLETTER01/Recovery-major-challenge-for-2010?source=nletter-NEWS-JacksonMS-controlsubjectlinetest

Starkville officials strategize on vital improvements.
http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/content/view/196461/

(Biloxi Mayor A. J.) Holloway said there is plenty of good news as the city continues to rebuild from Katrina and launches a new campaign for economic development.
http://www.sunherald.com/local/story/1902530.html

(Duane) Bullard added, “Five Star has been renovating the offices and building to suit their needs while transferring all production to the Five Star production process. . . . The plant should see the addition of at least 25 new hires over the next couple of years.”
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/01/rockwater-gulf-coast-lands-buyer/

The report’s most important recommendation, Walley said, is the creation of a citizen-driven Delta Strategic Compact to facilitate fundamental change in the Delta. It could be modeled, he said, after the CREATE Foundation in Northeast Mississippi.
http://gwcommonwealth.com/articles/2010/01/26/news/top_stories/01262010news02.txt

Expanding broadband Internet service into rural and poor communities affects everything from medical to economic development plans, speakers said Friday morning during a hearing at Jackson State University.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100130/BIZ/1300334/-1/Nletter01/Internet-access-limited-for-rural-poor?source=nletter-NEWS-JacksonMS-weekendsubjectlinetest

With so much bad economic news, Benjie Barham, director of business development at the Hinds County Economic Development District and coalition board president, said the new dealership is a relief.
http://tinyurl.com/ybcjnql

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz requests anyone wanting to enter a writer public comment into the public record concerning Mississippi Power Co.’s proposed IGCC plant in Kemper County do so no later than 9 a.m. Feb. 5.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/02/comment-deadline-set-for-igcc-plant/

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms 
MEDC 2010 Winter Conference . February 3-5 . Hilton . Jackson
MEDC 2010 Summer Conference . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

MEDC is Mississippi’s professional association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals.

Mississippi Economic Development News – June 22, 2009

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U.S. personal income continued to decline in the first quarter of 2009, falling 0.5 percent and encompassing 37 states, according to estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. However, Mississippi and most of the Southeast saw a rise.
http://www.msbusiness.com/article.cfm?ID=8499 

Alabama has joined forces with Mississippi and Florida in Paris to promote the growing aerospace cluster in the South, one that threatens to grab new business such as the U.S. Air Force tanker contract, and is not above trying to tempt away aviation business already in Washington.
http://tinyurl.com/ox4yaj 

A Starkville-based technology firm developing “next-generation” electronic systems celebrated a grand opening of its headquarters Friday with an eye on the future.
http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/content/view/152827/60/

Progress is the name of the game this summer for the metalworking programs at Jones County Junior College. The college now houses one of only three Advanced Manufacturing Centers for Excellence in the state. New equipment has been delivered to the college, and nationally certified instructors at JCJC will use it to deliver advanced skills training in metalworking.
http://www.leadercall.com/local/local_story_171102331.html

 SUNDAY MORNING WITH — Jon Mabry, COO, Miss. Development Authority’s Disaster Recovery Division
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20090621/OPINION/906210308/1046

Officials anticipate the start of work on a new building next month in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park as plans to expand the park take shape.
http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/content/view/152894/60/

Singing River Electric announced the approval of a $1.1 million zero-interest loan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Service and Singing River Electric to fund an economic development project in Greene County, says Singing River Electric assistant manager Mike Smith.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20090617/NEWS01/906170316/1002

The last decade of the 1990s was a good one for Mississippi employment with total non-farm employment in the state growing by 14.3 percent over that period.  Different sectors drive in 2000s.
http://tinyurl.com/lpv7mg

Turning right onto Charleigh Ford Drive, the motorist passes by more rows of trimmed trees planted in freshly cut grass surrounding a large, oval-shaped sign welcoming him to the Golden Triangle Global Aerospace Park.  While only a plan now, this scene soon may be a reality in the area surrounding the GTRA, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link Chief Executive Officer Joe Higgins explained Wednesday during the Link’s quarterly luncheon at the Columbus Country Club.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=1843

The Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) will hold a free Homebuyer Fair on June 30th, 2009 … in Marks, MS. The fair will be hosted by MHC, Quitman County Community Development Organization, and USDA/Rural Development.  Representatives of the host organizations will answer questions and provide valuable information about affordable homebuying programs, credit scores, and the homebuying process in general.
http://tinyurl.com/lzftmh

Horn Lake is seeking a community development block grant to build a railroad spur line to service a “significant expansion” of a local plant.
http://tinyurl.com/lrrpmx

“We look at this as an economic development project, not just a nursing school project,” (Joe Max) Higgins said. “They have a targeted (construction) starting date of next spring. The building will probably be complete within about a year of that date.”
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=1806

U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) joined the Mississippi Poultry Association to announce that Mississippi’s Third Congressional District leads the nation in poultry production, according to recently released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2007 Census of Agriculture.
http://www.msbusiness.com/article.cfm?ID=8495

Last call – To reserve your room at the Beau Rivage for the MEDC 2009 Summer Conference July 22-24.  The block of rooms has been extended through this week, however, there are ony a few left at the reduced rate!  FYI- The Beau has a 72-hour cancellation policy.

Are you registered for the MEDC Summer Conference?  Please confirm at http://www.medc.ms/S’09RegistrationsReceived.html. Check to be sure the Thursday afternoon networking activity you chose is noted in the far right column.

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
601-352-1909 . carol@medc.ms . www.medc.ms
2009 Summer Conference . July 22-24 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi